Assessment of the factors influencing the performance of public health workers in Uganda, a case study of Bugiri district
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This research project intended to assess the factors influencing the performance of Public health workers in Uganda, case study of Bugiri District. It was carried out as a step by step project until it was successfully completed. The research findings were based on a sample size of 154 which was determined using Yamane’s (1967) formula at 5% level of precision and research face to face interviews were conducted with these health workers with a guide of a well-designed Open Data Kit containing all the predetermined questions. The collected data was analysed using STATA and inference was made from this analysis. Univariate, bivariate and multivariate levels of analysis were done. Following results from the analysis, it was found out that performance of public health workers in Bugiri District is significantly and positively influenced by Diploma/certificate level of education, leadership, permanent type of contract (job security) and time of work at 5% level of significance The results showed that Diploma/certificate health workers perform more by treating 178.5678 patients per week than those with first degree (coefficient = 178.5678, p-value = 0.018) while on average, health workers whose delivery of services is affected by leadership at the hospital perform more by 82.64072 treated patients per week than those whose delivery of services is not affected by leadership (coefficient = 82.64072, p-value = 0.007). It was also found out that health workers with the permanent type of contract perform more by 128.9039 treated patients per week than those with part-time type of contract (coefficient = 128.9039, p-value = 0.038) while on average, a day increase in the allocated number of days of work of a health worker in a week increases his/her performance by 45.44351 treated patients per week (coefficient = 45.44351, p-value = 0.009). Recommendations were further made basing on the research results from this study as; The government was encouraged to train diploma/certificate holders compared to other levels of education since they are more productive in terms of performance by treated patients per week. The employers of public health workers were also advised to provide a more effective quality leadership behaviour at the work place as this will facilitate the attainment of the subordinate health worker’s desires which then will result into more effective good performance in terms of treated patients per week. More to that, the employers of public health workers were advised to always provide them with permanent type of contracts as their job security as this will provide more assurance that they will keep their jobs without the risk of losing them hence making them feel more secure in their job, reducing on the stress and negative emotions as a result improving more to their performance in terms of treated patients per week since it was found out that the two are positively and significantly related. Furthermore, health workers in Bugiri District were also advised to dedicate more days to work on top of the allocated days of work as this could increase on their performance in terms of treated patients per week.